The EDC organise several community events each year:
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We host a community-focused dance history festival each year; enthusiasts and professionals from across our community perform for each other’s pleasure. A list of our previous festivals can be found here.
The 40th EDC Festival will take place in the lovely Assembly Hall at the Herefordshire Town Hall on 20 – 22 October. The Booking leaflet is available here.
We host a popular dance history lecture each year. An archive of information on our previous lectures can be found here. What follows are details of our latest Lecture.
2024 marks 40 years since the birth of the EDC. To celebrate the occasion, the Annual Lecture at the Swedenborg Hall will be extended to include a dance workshop, the lecture itself, a light supper and informal dancing afterwards. We hope that as many of you as possible will come along and help us to celebrate. More information will follow soon, but we are pleased to introduce the speaker and the topic of the Lecture.
Dance, Stillness and the Early Modern Image
Speaker: Dr Lynsey McCulloch (Royal Shakespeare Company)
2 March 2023 Swedenborg House, London
The EDC hosts a major dance history conference every two years. Proceedings are published and an archive of information on our previous conferences can be found here.
The Call for papers is HERE. Check the website for updates. The Conference will bring together international specialists on historical dance topics spanning six centuries of dance history in the delightful surroundings of St Katharine’s Retreat House.
The proceedings of the EDC Conference 2018 “PERCEPTION AND RECEPTION OF EARLY DANCE”, which was held 18 – 20 May 2018 at St Katharine’s, Parmoor are now available to order. Please see more details HERE.
We host and collaborate on other events from time to time. These can include workshops, study days, and additional lectures as the opportunities arise. Many such projects are undertaken in collaboration with other organisations. Do get in touch with us if you have a joint project in mind. An archive of information on our previous special events can be found here. What follows are details of our next Special Event.
An evening of the 18th-century dance & music with The Weaver Ensemble
The Weaver Ensemble, led by Evelyn Nallen, offers an evening of music, song, and dance from the London stage of the 1700s, focused on the works of the celebrated English dancer, choreographer, and scholar, John Weaver, 1673-1760. The Weaver Ensemble will present two productions “The Loves of Mars & Venus” and “The Loves of Pygmalion”. They are not reconstructions, but celebrate Weaver’s contribution to the history of dance. They are devisCall for Papersed by Evelyn Nallen and Stephen Wyatt, and scripted by Stephen Wyatt, with a performing team of an actor, two dancers, and four on-stage musicians. Productions use original 18th – century choreographies. This is not the work of John Weaver, but offers a glimpse into the pleasure early dance can offer modern audiences. Artur Zakirov joins the Weaver Ensemble in the new year, taking over leading roles in Pygmalion and The Loves of Mars and Venus.
Venue: Marylebone Theatre, 35 Park Road, London, NW1 6XT (6 mins walk from Baker Street Tube Station)
Tickets: £15 (excl booking fee) book at Eventbrite
Monday December 14
The premiere of the programme was on the EDC Facebook page and YouTube channel, it remains available to watch now. You can see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOnjOprUWs0.
The Early Dance Circle has prepared a special programme of dance and music composed by Ignatius Sancho (c. 1729 – 14.12.1780) on 14 December 2020.
Sancho is famous nowadays as a man of letters and the first African to vote in a British election. Now you can enjoy reconstructions of Sancho’s choreographies and music by the Hampshire Regency Dancers, Quadrille Club and Green Ginger, as well as discussions and interviews with some knowledgeable experts on his career:
Meryl Thomson (Green Ginger), who recently recorded the CD “Dances for a Princess”. Paul Cooper, a specialist in Regency dance, who has worked a good deal on Sancho. Sally Petchey, author of a recent book about the life and dances of Ignatius Sancho: Dances for a Princess, humbly dedicated (with permission) to the Princess Royal by Her Royal Highnesses Most Obedient Servant Ignatius Sancho.